Just as students count down the days to the start of summer vacation, I suspect there might be a few parents who are counting down the days to the start of the school year. In Owatonna, grades 9-12 begin August 29, grades 6-8 start August 30, and those in E-5 go back to school on August 31.

Owatonna High School principal Kory Kath is ready to welcome students back to class. He writes in the online newsletter, "We are excited to kick off a successful school year and look forward to creating great memories and positive relationships. Our mission is to inspire excellence, every learner, every day. To do this, we must commit to strong relationships and focused learning that is on time, on task, and on target."

An open house is set for Monday, August 22 for those in 10th through 12th grade from 9 am to 3 pm in the Upper Commons/C200 Plaza at the high school. Tuesday, August 23 from 2:30 to 6 pm is an open house for ninth graders.

For students brand new to OHS, an informational meeting is scheduled for 2 pm in the Career Center, "A variety of topics will be discussed to help you feel more at ease and assist you in getting your Chromebook, schedule, and pictures," according to the newsletter.

Important dates from the school district newsletter:

  • July 18 - High school fall sports registration opens
  • August 25 - Owatonna Middle School Parent/Student Information Day
  • August 25 - Grades K-5 interviews
  • August 29 - Grades 9-12 First Day of School
  • August 29 - 6th Grade Orientation
  • August 29 - Grades K-5 interviews
  • August 30 - Grades 6-8 First Day of School
  • August 30 - Grades 1-5 interviews
  • August 31 - Grades E-5 First Day of School

Important dates from the High School Welcome Back newsletter:

  • Monday, August 29 - 1st Day of School
    Friday, September 2 - No School
    Monday, September 5 - No School (Labor Day)
    Wednesday, September 7 - COMPASS DAY SCHEDULE
    Wednesday, September 21 - COMPASS DAY SCHEDULE
    Wednesday, September 28 - Picture Re-Takes
    Friday, September 30 - Early Release - Homecoming Parade

Students planning to participate in a fall activity should be sure to get signed up through the Owatonna Activities website before the first day of practice on Monday, August 15.

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